Waddell, E.H.; Chapman, D.S.; Hill, J.K.; Hughes, M.; Bin Sailim, A.; Tangah, J.; Banin, L.F.

Occurrence of exotic plant species in oil palm dominated landscapes with embedded rainforest remnants in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo, 2019

This dataset contains records of exotic plant occurrence within 21 oil palm-dominated sites in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. Within each site, exotic plants were recorded along 100m transects in up to four habitats that represented a gradient of disturbance. The four habitats included oil palm, forest-oil palm edge, disturbed forest and intact forest. In addition to exotic plant data, the dataset contains measurements of forest structure for each transect, including canopy cover and number of large native trees.

These data were collected in order to examine the change in exotic species composition along a disturbance gradient from oil palm areas into intact rainforest remnants.

Publication date: 2020-09-04

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This dataset is available under the terms of the Open Government Licence

Format of the data: Comma-separated values (CSV)

You must cite: Waddell, E.H.; Chapman, D.S.; Hill, J.K.; Hughes, M.; Bin Sailim, A.; Tangah, J.; Banin, L.F. (2020). Occurrence of exotic plant species in oil palm dominated landscapes with embedded rainforest remnants in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo, 2019. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/372861ee-67c5-4bb3-b765-cf8c03c06199

 

Where/When

Study area
Temporal extent
2019-03-02    to    2019-04-08

Provenance & quality

Field surveys were conducted in July to October 2017 and February to April 2019. The 21 sites were all in Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil-certified oil palm plantations. Rainforest remnants, where the forest transects were conducted, were mostly isolated forest fragments (n=15 sites) and six sites were connected to larger tracts of forest reserves outside the oil palm plantation boundary.

At each site, exotic plants were surveyed along 100 m transect in up to four habitats, oil palm (n=21 transects), forest-oil palm edge (n=21), disturbed forest (n=20) and intact forest (n=16). Four rainforest remnants were very small and disturbed and therefore had no ‘intact forest’ and in one site the forest interior was not accessible. All plants were identified to species and their exotic status confirmed with the help of experienced local botanists and species lists compiled from literature. In total 18 exotic species were recorded, made up of forbs, climbers and shrubs, no exotic trees were detected and graminoids were not included due to difficulties with identification. Intentionally planted exotic species (i.e. leguminous cover crop, Calopogonium mucunoides) were also excluded.

The dataset also includes measurements of forest structure (e.g. canopy cover and number of native large trees) along the length of each transect.

Supplemental information

Other useful information regarding this dataset:

Waddell, E.H., Chapman, D.S., Hill, J.K., Hughes, M., Sailim, A.B., Tangah, J. and Banin, L.F. (2020). Trait filtering during exotic plant invasion of tropical rainforest remnants along a disturbance gradient. Functional Ecology

Correspondence/contact details

Emily Waddell
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Bush Estate
Penicuik
Midlothian
EH26 0QB
UNITED KINGDOM
 enquiries@ceh.ac.uk

Authors

Waddell, E.H.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Chapman, D.S.
University of Stirling
Hill, J.K.
University of York
Hughes, M.
Royal Botanical Gardens, Edinburgh
Bin Sailim, A.
The South East Asia Rainforest Research Partnership
Tangah, J.
Forest Research Centre, Sandakan
Banin, L.F.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Other contacts

Custodian
NERC EDS Environmental Information Data Centre
 info@eidc.ac.uk
Publisher
NERC Environmental Information Data Centre
 info@eidc.ac.uk
Rights Holder
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
 enquiries@ceh.ac.uk

Additional metadata

Topic categories
Biota , Environment , Farming
Keywords
Agricultural landscapes,  Agriculture Biodiversity Borneo,  Canopy cover,  Conservation set-aside,  Flora,  Forest degradation,  Forest fragmentation,  Invasive species Land use Logging,  Oil palm,  Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil,  Sabah Tropical rainforest
Funding
Natural Environment Research Council Award: NE/L002450/1
Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference system
WGS 84
Last updated
25 June 2021 18:39